E-Newsletter - A Publication of Interstate Resources

Thursday, May 28, 2009

United Corrstack Creates 75 New Jobs

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Source: Keystoneedge, 28 May 2009
Writer: Joe Petrucci

Every year,
United Corrstack (UCI) in Reading saves 6,000 acres of trees by supplying box shops with products made from 100 percent recycled corrugated cartons and is Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified. UCI also offers consultation services for customers on old corrugated cardboard recycling programs.

UCI's biggest green initiative, though, is still to come. The company is expected to begin running its own power plant, Evergreen Community Power, this summer. The $135 million project brought 25 new jobs to the Reading-based company and about 50 jobs offsite to process and transport biofuels that will run the plant, which will provide UCI another revenue stream from the sale of electricity.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners linked UCI with Northampton Community College's Electrotechnology Applications Center to research and quantify potential sources of biofuel in the region.

"That enabled us to move to the funding phase of our project," says UCI general manager Dave Staufer, who has been with the company for 11 years.

UCI, founded in 1993, has 30 customers, mostly within 150 miles of Reading. That allows for next-day delivery throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The company's specialized customer services include coded labels for warehouse management systems, electronic data interchange transmissions and just-in-time inventory. Because it helps control costs--energy makes up 25 percent of the total cost to manufacture paper--the new power plant sets up UCI for future expansion.

The biofuels to run the new power plant come from a local supplier in Berks County and are made up of almost entirely of material headed for the landfill.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Poultry & Seafood Producers Pack in Wax Replacement Boxes from Interstate Resources & Ship to Hunts Point

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2 0 0 9

All Interstate Containers direct poultry and seafood customers pack their products in our boxes and ship them to Hunts Point for distribution. Hunts Point, the world’s largest food distribution center, is located in New York City (NYC). Food from around the world is sent to this center and distributed throughout the entire NYC area, a long with parts of New Jersey and New England. Millions of boxes of fruit, vegetables, poultry and beef (along with almost every other type of provision you can think of) comes through the distribution center.

Global Green is a well-known leader in fostering a global value shift towards a sustainable and secure future. They have developed an organization to expedite the removal of wax boxes (which are not recyclable) from Hunts Point, and into a package that will allow for fiber recovery. This new group, The Coalition for Resource Recovery (CORR) is being spearheaded by Interstate Container Cambridge.

As a pilot project for the CORR, we are conducting trials with Mountaire Farms on our wax replacement boxes. Our goal is to use the trials to accelerate the elimination of wax boxes.Our initial trials will be under way in June 2009 and we are already receiving positive press!

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INDEVCO CEO Listed as Influential Industrialist in Lebanon

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Lebanon Opportunities monthly business magazine, Al-Iktissad Wal Aamal Alloubnaniah Magazine, names Neemat Frem among top 50 influencers in the country.

Neemat Frem was the heir to an industrial empire that was founded by his late father and industrial pioneer and philanthropist, Georges N. Frem, which he now manages with his uncles.

While fresh as Chairman of INDEVCO Group, the younger Frem has spent his adulthood following in his father’s footsteps.

INDEVCO has set standards in manufacturing, human resource management, export, and community service. Neemat Frem is an active member of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, where the weight of his enterprise is well felt in its activities and decisions.

If Neemat Frem succeeds in emulating just part of his father’s performance, his sway over the manufacturing, his sway over the manufacturing sector will be tough to avoid."

Interstate Resources, Inc. is a member of INDEVCO Group.
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Notre Dame University Honors INDEVCO Group Founder

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Notre Dame University (NDU) in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, organized a ceremony in memory of Mr. Georges N. Frem,one of the leading industrialists in the Middle East. Family and friends of Georges N. Frem gathered on May 5th at Issam Fares Hall to pay tribute.

Georges N. Frem Statue

The event’s program featured:
The Lebanese National Anthem
A documentary of Georges Frem’s life

Speakers included:
Father Walid Moussa, NDU President
Souheil Matar, Public Relations Director
Jean Obeid, Former Minister
Ziad Baroud, Minister of Interior
Neemat G. Frem, INDEVCO Group President & CEO (on behalf of the Frem family)

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Southcorr Packaging Supplies Cherry Bomb

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Southcorr Packaging's newest customer, Cherry Bomb, manufactures a timeless American classic familiar to many auto enthusiasts across the US and abroad - exhaust equipment that produces a distinguishable sound loved by many “hot rodders.”

“In the development of high performance mufflers, there is one name that stands apart - the Cherry Bomb© Glasspack, first introduced in 1968 by the Maremont Corporation. This bright red, 2’ core, long straight pipe muffler with a baffled channel lined in fiberglass, produced an unmistakable, one-of-a-kind throaty sound with less back pressure for a noticeable improvement in performance.

Its timely introduction occurred during 1968 - 1971, the beginning of one of the most exciting times in the development of hot rods. Relatively in expensive to own, these cars were easy to modify and packed with power. The Cherry Bomb Glasspack became a standard bolt-on as it embodied in sound, the horsepower under the hood.”

Forty years later, Southcorr Packaging is producing packaging for a product packed with nostalgia, made right here in East Tennessee!

A “silver lining” to the global economic downturn is a noticeable surge in aftermarket auto parts, purchased by consumers looking to upgrade rather than trade existing vehicles. This surge, combined with CherryBomb’s recently transitioned manufacturing from Texas to the Tennessee facility, is a welcome boon to the local economy.

Southcorr Packaging’s first order was the result of an innovative design idea by Kory Doane (Lead Designer). The design is a“six-cornered” pre-glued tray that replaces a nonglued ROE box, reducing hand labor in excess of 60%! This idea got the attention of Cherry Bomb’s production management team and allowed us to move into manufacturing litho labeled packaging for their retail products.

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Southcorr Packaging Implements Plastic Strapping Recycling Program

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Early in 2008, Southcorr Packaging LLC, the Greeneville facility implemented a plastic strapping recycling program. Sweed Choppers were strategically placed at various machine centers throughout the plant floor to aid in chopping plastic strapping for recycling. The program has been structured around cost avoidance, rather than generation of potential revenues.

One of our primary goals is the reduction of disposal fees. Less disposable scrap results in fewer dumpster pick-ups, which lead to a savings in disposal fees. Of course, there are other significant reasons for recycling, including environmental benefits, but a successful recycling program is a definite way to add to the facility’s bottom line.

Prior to implementing this program, the amount of loose banding that we generated would fill a 15-yard dumpster. We are now putting this same amount of scraping one or two bulk boxes and hauling them away for recycling. By reducing the number of times a dumpster is emptied, Southcorr Packaging is increasing the bottom line.

Reduced dumpster fees, reduced labor costs, positive environmental impact, more efficient house keeping, and money for reprocessed scrap. Southcorr Packaging and the environment are benefiting from this recycling program!

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Newport Timber Hosts a Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Newport Timber hosted a webinar conducted by Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI) on 14 May 2009. Participants included William Ardle (Supervisor) and Ronnie Swindell (Warehouse Admin. Coordinator) from Interstate Paper, and Pat Reddish (Wood Procurement Manager) from Newport Timber.

The Director of Market Access and Product Labeling at SFI, Jason Metnick, provided information on the rules forusing appropriate labels and claims on products.

Future webinars will cover additional aspects of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program.

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Interstate Paper Enhances Digital Plate Printing Capabilities

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Source: Interstate News, Spring / Summer 2009

Interstate Paper has been working closely with Apex, our anilox roll supplier, for several months regarding new technological advances in the anilox roll engraving process. With the help of Apex and testing performed on our 5-color Bobst printer, Interstate Paper is currently printing with an Apex Unicorr “M” roll. This enables us to print solid mats, as well as process print (screens) up to 85 LPI.

The results have been so impressive that Dave Lausch, Plant Manager, is currently having a 2nd anilox roll re-covered in the Apex Unicorr “M” design.

Dave Lausch, states,

Alliance Robot “Alf 3” was installed at Interstate Paper in January 2009 behind the Martin Midline Flexo.
“By having two of these anilox rolls installed in our Bobst printer and not having to change anilox rolls, we can save between 6-8hours of set-up time weekly.”

Interstate Paper  has been experimenting with digital plate printing capabilities with two of our suppliers, as opposed to printing with analog plates. We have runone live order with digital plates and were extremely pleased with the results.

We will continue to push suppliers to work with us as we move into the next generation of printing technologies.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

United Corrstack's David Stauffer Receives BFTP Manufacturing Achievement Award

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), one of the foremost Technology Economic Development agencies in the country, chose United Corrstack (UCI), as the company that best exemplifies achievement in the manufacturing arena, showing a proven track record of success and an unbending commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in manufacturing.

David F. Stauffer, General Manager at UCI, located in Reading, Pennsylvania
, states, “At a time when recycling, renewable fuel, and energy independence are at the forefront of national consciousness, United Corrstack (UCI) is a model of green efforts.”

UCI produces recycled corrugated fluting paper, which is a component of cardboard boxes, and is in the process of developing its own power plant that burns biomass organic waste. UCI worked with Ben Franklin and Northampton Community College’s Electrotechnology Applications Center (ETAC), first to evaluate options to allow higher throughput at the facility and later to assess boiler fuel alternatives for UCI. Because of rising energy costs, UCI is creating its own cogeneration plant, generated by materials such as wood and agricultural waste, to provide steam and electricity.

UCI currently employs 80 and, through the energy plant, expects to create 25 new positions. UCI’s work with Ben Franklin and ETAC has helped the company to significantly improve its competitive position, and will increase employment and reduce landfill waste in the region.

Dave Stauffer, United Corrstack General Manager,
receives the Manufacturing Achievement Award
from Chad Brown, CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners

United Corrstack Team (L-R):
Chris Fell (Engineering Manager), Dave Stauffer (General Manager),
Larry Haraschak (Controller), and Rick Faust (Fulfillment Manager)
at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ceremony

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